Genoa clerk Skolarus apparently celebrated on Facebook when Scalia died

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Genoa Township Clerk Polly Skolarus apparently celebrated on Facebook in February when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died. You read that right.

Skolarus’ husband, Chip Hartinger, appeared to take great delight in Scalia’s death, posting this on Feb. 13, 2016 – the day of Scalia’s passing:

“Ding dong the witch is dead….Anthony (sic) Scalia died today!”

Skolarus, a Republican who has been Genoa’s clerk for the past 30 years, responded by “Liking” the post.

Hear that again: Her husband celebrated Justice Scalia’s death with a totally tasteless, despicable Facebook post, and Skolarus “Liked” it.

Polly, what were you thinking?

Skolarus now has a whole lot of explaining to do. Not only how she could have been so incredibly insensitive concerning Scalia’s death, but whether or not she’s actually a Republican. Because a review of her Facebook activity reveals a whole lot more that’s very interesting.

She’s up for re-election in the Aug. 2 primary, facing a strong challenge from Dan Wholihan, chairman of the Livingston County Republican Party. Skolarus has been Genoa’s clerk since 1986, but her days at the Township Hall might be numbered.

In addition to this Facebook bombshell, there was reportedly an incident involving Hartinger at a July 12 Meet the Candidates Nights at the Block Brewing Company in Howell (sponsored by the Gadsden Center). Hartinger was reportedly asked to leave the premises during the debate after loudly heckling a couple of the Genoa candidates. He sounds like a treat.

A quick look through Chip Hartinger’s Facebook feed shows that Skolarus’ husband is a very, very, very liberal Democrat. The majority of his posts are shares of anti-Republican or pro-Democratic photos, memes and stories. It’s all pretty generic, but the one that stands out is the tasteless post that celebrates Scalia’s death.

Scalia, of course, was the conservative leader of the court for decades, and liberals truly despised the man.

Fine, hate him all you want. But to celebrate his death like that is beyond the pale. (Imagine a conservative doing the same thing on Facebook if Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away.)

Hartinger isn’t a public official, though. He can be as offensive as he wants on social media, and he only has to answer to his maker. Skolarus is another story. As an elected official, she has to answer to the voters.

And those voters would be justified in asking her: Polly, what were you thinking?

Moreover, there’s plenty on Facebook to question whether Skolarus – who has always run for office as a Republican – is actually a Republican.

Skolarus doesn’t appear to post anything herself, but she offers plenty of comments and “Likes” on her husband’s anti-Republican rants. Back on April 16, 2011, commenting on one of Hartinger’s posts about Medicare, Skolarus wrote: “Republicans no longer care about its (sic) citizens.”

If that’s how she feels, why is she still running for office as a Republican?

There’s nothing wrong with being a Democrat, of course. And if Skolarus feels that Republicans no longer care about the people, that’s her right.

But again, why would she be running as a Republican if that’s how she feels about Republicans?

So as she knocks on doors these next couple weeks in advance of the Aug. 2 Republican primary (assuming she’s knocking on doors), voters might want to ask two questions:

1. Why in the world would you have celebrated on Facebook when Justice Scalia died?

2. Are you really a Republican?

(EDIT: Polly Skolarus has responded in the comments below.)

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Longtime Livingston County journalist Buddy Moorehouse is director of communications at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

19 Comments

  1. Mr. Moorhouse, Why would you attack someone who has done so much for the Genoa community? Paulette Skolarus has been the leader in all the good things that happen in Genoa, such as road repair, trash pick-up, bike paths and the recreational facilities. Shame on you for your unwarranted attack.

  2. It appears that you have forgotten the four pillars of ethical journalism, so here’s is a refresher Buddy:

    1. Seek TRUTH and report it
    2. Minimize harm
    3. Act independently
    4. Be accountable and transparent

    Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.

    http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

    • Thanks for the refresher course, Lee. Did I write something that wasn’t the truth?

        • First of all, Lee, I’m not a journalist here. I’m a blogger. There’s a difference. I used to be a journalist, but on this site, I’m a blogger. So, while everything I write is the truth, I’m not interested in being independent on this. I also don’t care if I “harm” certain members of the Genoa Township Board in terms of getting them voted out.

          However, as to your list, I would say that I meet the requirements for Nos. 1 and 4. I’m entirely truthful, and I’m also open and transparent as to my motives.

          So, 2 out of 4 is perfectly fine in my book.

          • Mr. Moorehouse- I’m not sure if you noticed but your just making yourself sound really ridiculous! I think you need to stop “blogging”! You have an agenda to serve your own needs NOT your community. Maybe you should take Lee up on his refresher course – you need it!

        • I gathered from your blog that you’re alright with mediocrity. Thanks for confirming it!

  3. Being a human means not celebrating other human deaths. I think the cat is out of the bag on her being a republican, she probably knows that a (D) in Genoa is an automatic loss. These local elections are run without much exposure to the public. 9 out of 10 people walking into the voting both will probably vote for the incumbent, simply because the township hasn’t fallen apart and she will have the luxury of having the little (I) next to her name. https://squattersspeakeasy.com/2012/11/14/incumbency-helps/

  4. I don’t usually respond to this kind of journalism, however, Genoa Township has a great board, including Todd Smith and Linda Rowell. I would encourage everyone to support their candidacy. I would ask that the Livingston Post get their facts straight when publishing so called “news”. Genoa did not spend anywhere near $100,000.00 in defending a law suit brought by the Livingston Christian School against the Township. The courts determined that Livingston Christian School was in the wrong. The actions of this paper are seriously radical. Now, it appears that this is a ploy by Moorehouse to put a board in place that will approve his “Christian School”.

    My husband served this country in Viet Nam and received a Purple Heart for his service. He suffers to this day from that horrific experience. His comments on Justice Scalia are his own. Chip is a Rocket Scientist and top Engineer in his field. Justice Scalia’s support of Citizens United was probably the worst thing that ever happened to this country. Citizens United took away our rights under the constitution and allowed the very rich to buy our government. My husband has right to free speech just as everyone else in America.

    • Polly, thank you for responding, and for clarifying that you were indeed publicly celebrating Justice Scalia’s death. The voters can now decide whether you were justified or out of line for doing so.

      • I don’t recall reading an admission from Polly? You should thankful for the first amendment. That’s how you’re able to pass your garbage off as news.

  5. Shameful that you call this journalism. The only shred of useful information I found in this piece is that Polly has spent the last 30 years working diligently for the people of Genoa. Might I ask you, Buddy, how long your public service career lasted?

  6. This reads like a tabloid article! Bottom feeder reading at its best. Can you say…AGENDA! Shame on you Buddy Moorehouse.

  7. At the July 12th meet the candidates I spent a lot of time talking to her husband. Initially I thought he may have been drinking on an empty stomach, but when the loud swearing started I was glad he was removed.

  8. Although the comment may have been off color to some, being a republican doesn’t mean to have to like all republicans or hate all democrats or what they say and do. Base your opinions on the merit of each individual issue. Next time the cool-aid comes around you should take a pass Mr. Moorehouse. You are starting to sound like Dan Wholihan. Do you live in your mom’s basement too?

    • Mr. Moorehouse,
      What a disgusting article – your yellow journalistic view of what counts in politics is a sad example of sensationalism. Genoa township owes much to Polly’s leadership over the past 30 years. That’s why I’m voting for her. Peggy Hodgson

        • It’s fascinating to see people’s ridiculous reactions to the sharing of information and opinions. It’s part of the political correctness disease in the country.

          Moorehouse complains that Todd Smith, public servant is a two-time convicted drunk driver, who wastes public money on hotel stays with public dollars, and who brags about his drinking exploits on social media….

          And somehow chimpanzees like Peggy think Moorhouse is the problem, she says he has an agenda….

          Well everybody has an agenda including Peggy the chimp – hers is bananas, while Moorehouse simply thinks the people should know about Todd Smith’s behavior in office before they cast a vote.

          One can only guess that there may be plenty of chimpanzees who might applaud Todd Smith’s behavior, but there are also people who think crimes in public office might just be a good indicator that Todd Smith is unfit for the office.

          In a world gone bananas, chimps like Peggy rule…or at least they want to do so. We’ll see.

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